is this a Chinese Lantern plant??????

C PC P Posts: 23

Hi, I bought a pack a Chinese lantern plant bare roots ............ quite cheap from a pound shop last year ........i planted them and they came through and looked like the picture below ...........which is actually a picture of them this year ......they had no flowers on them last year and I'm a bit concerned the same will happen this year but also do you think this is actually the leaf of a Chinese lantern plant?????? I went to stake them today with a cane and the leaf actually stung me image Do you think I'm cultivating a weed for two years or do you think this is a Chinese lantern plant :/















  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,224

    Very thistle like. Very definitely not a chinese lantern plant 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,224

    I wouldn't rush to chuck now you grown it this far CP. Other plants have thistle-like leaves and it looks as though you won't waitlong for a flower

  • Great foliage whatever it is.

  • C PC P Posts: 23

    It looked exactly the same last year and no flower came on .......

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Not a chinese lantern. If you had them and they'd rooted they would have had small white flowers in July and lanterns follow.. The actual lanterns are lovely but the plant does spread, even under a flagged path.

  • LiznessLizness Posts: 79

    Could be an echinops if being generous, defo not a chinese lantern


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,224

    could be Lizness. the last pic of the bottom of the stems is very echinops

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Looks just like my echinops now, very lush with the wet - stunning plant - certainly not a chinese lantern. 

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Most definately not a Chinese lantern,I,ve planted one this week,nothing like this,Chinese lantern leaves are smooth .

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